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is it common when you use backup exec or veeam etc to also document your backup procedures for your virtual servers, or would any engineer with knowledge of common backup appliances be able to figure out the process relatively comfortably if no such documentation existed? what kind of things do you document to assist the knowledge of new engineers that they would not be able to glean from within the backup management software itself. and what kind of training is common when it comes to educating new engineers on the backup/restore process for virtual servers? e.g. from a management standpoint, what would you need to see in relation to training to have assurances new engineers understand the process from existing senior engineers.
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I need some Exchange 2010 data for the TAX man which exist on an old Veeam backup. I have a replica of this server which, when fired up, but not networked, fails to let me start Exchange.

So I restored a database file (EDB) and using Veeam 9.5 explorer for Exchange and tried to mount it in Veeam explorer. I get this error "The specified file is not a valid Exchange database file"

Anyone know how I can extract this mailbox? (I no longer have the Exc 2010 server). Further info: The edb is sitting on a Synology Nas, not a windows server, could this be the problem?
Hi Experts,

Looking to find a free backup solution for Windows Vcenter 6.0 server. I was reading where Veeam has a free version but this is a physical server not a virtual.

Hello Experts,

I have exchange 2013 environment with 3 mailboxes servers and 1 DAG that include several databases and it is being backed up everyday (Full Backup) using Symantec Backup Exec and i have no issue on it.

We are now testing new solution which is veam and they need install their agent on the exchange servers and schedule a backup job to be started after symantec finish for the sake of PoC!!

The ask is if we install the 2 solutions agents on the servers and scheduled 2 jobs that will take full backup from the databases, is that will harm the mailbox databases or what will happen with the logs?

Any clue on what issues i will face?
I am running trial of Veeam 9.5 and have a backup of a vm that i want to clone and have a duplicate copy so i can look at a few things.  I do not want to restore it.  I cant seem to find the option to make a Clone. I look under backup and replication.

Is it not possible to make a cloned of a back up in 9.5?
I have about 15 Windows 10 Workstations running Veeam buckups nightly.  Initially all backups ran without issue, and now more than half are failing.  

Below you will view errors on one workstation when trying to run a manual backup.  I have noticed the directory "C:\Program Files\Veeam\Endpoint Backup\metadata\VSS\WritersData\" seems to continually have permissions issues.  There always seems to have permissions problems with a subfolder within the \writersdata folder.  I right click on this folder, and try unchecking Read-Only, and Apply changes to this folder, subfolders and files, and it always errors (Error applying attribute) on one or more subfolders.  When I try and open the subfolder I get Location is not available - Access is Denied.  If I try and change the permissions it states "Unable to display current owner", and changing owners does not work either.  

11/28/2017 12:42:42 PM :: Creating VSS snapshot Error: Failed to create snapshot: Backup job failed. Cannot create a shadow copy of the volumes containing writer's data. Cannot serialize VSS writers metadata. Cannot create an offline version of writers metadata. Cannot create folder [C:\Program Files\Veeam\Endpoint Backup\metadata\VSS\WritersData\{0bada1de-01a9-4625-8278-69e735f39dd2}\{f0086dda-9efc-47c5-8eb6-a944c3d09381}]. CreateDirectoryW(\\?\C:\Program Files\Veeam\Endpoint Backup\metadata\VSS\WritersData\{0bada1de-01a9-4625

11/28/2017 1:00:28 PM :: Creating VSS snapshot Error: Failed to create …
I am looking into veeam as a back up solution.  I have an 8 host cluster with 2 sockets each. 16 total.  with veeam being priced per socket, and needing enterprise plus, the $ will add up.  My question is how does it work if for this years budget we license 8 sockets and then next year the remaining.

How does this affect back up jobs. Will it only apply the license to a specific host or is this even possible.
I have created several backups of Microsoft Surfaces running the Windows 10 Professional OS that I would like to restore to Lenovo T470 laptops.

These Microsoft Surfaces are running the Windows 10 Professional OS and are not running Windows 10 OEM software.

Does Veeam have any ways of restoring backup images to dissimilar hardware? I will gladly purchase new Windows 10 licenses to do this if necessary.
Is there any way of directly restoring a Windows 10 OS that has been backed up with the free version of Veeam as a virtual OS within Microsoft Hyper-V?

I need to examine some operating systems and would like to mount these Veeam backed up Windows 10 operating systems within Windows Hyper-V.

How can this be done?
My organization has been performing backups using the Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows - Free Edition.

Now I am trying to perform a restore of a Windows 10 OS that was backed up using this version of Veeam.

When I boot from the recovery media and choose to Restore the "Entire computer" I get a message that says "Unable to auto-match disks, please use manual restore mode."

When I choose Manual restore (advanced) or select the "View automatically detected disk mapping" I get further errors.

I see that there are options to add drivers.

The laptop that was backed up and that I am now trying to restore is a Lenovo T470 20HD005GUS model laptop.

Please provide me with guides on how to properly perform these Veeam restores and how to load the correct drivers.

Performing these Veeam restores aren't as straight forward as I though they would be.

Here are these screenshots:

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Does the free version of Veeam backup software for Windows computers have any kind of central administration console?

My organization is currently using the free Version of the Veeam backup software. Veeam has been installed on the Server 2016 servers, Windows 10 client computers, and Windows 7 client computers.

While using the free version of the Veeam backup software is there any kind of central administration console that can be installed or used or the web or is this only available with the paid or commercial versions of Veeam?

If such central administration software is available please provide me with the URL addresses of where I can download it and learn more about it.

Got a consolidation warning on a recent clone of a VM this afternoon.  No snapshots are defined; tried consolidating and it threw an error about a file lock.  I powered it down and tried it again.  Got a slightly different error (attached).  

Did have a Veeam replication fail earlier at about the same timeframe.  It locked up the Veeam server so I can't tell which VM it was on at the time.  Not sure if that is pertinent but it might be.

How do I diagnose this one?  vSphere 6.0 environment.


A server can be replicated on Veeam Backup and Replicaiton 9.0. Retry few times but get the same error. Any idea ?

While attempting to create the Veeam Recovery Media on Windows 7 computers I receive the message shown in the screenshot "Windows Recovery Environment (WnRE) component is missing. Specify the location of Microsoft Windows 7 Professional x64 installation files (you may need to insert your Windows installation media). Alternatively, download and install Windows ADK.

Since I no longer have the Windows 7 installation media, what URL addresses can I use to download and install Windows ADK?


I want to reconfigure our shadow copies so that they are stored on a separate disk as they are currently being stored on the same disk as all the shares are on.  We have had a few issues with performance such as opening files taking a long time.  I have noticed that the shadow copies were running on the default schedule, which I have amended to run at a more convenient time, but I wanted to follow the recommended procedure.

Is it possible to reconfigure without losing the previous shadow copies ?  We do a nightly back up of the file server using Veeam.

Im new to Nimble Storage Arrays, my previous experiences have been with NetApp arrays.

Im looking at ways of using Storage level replication to move data across two widely separated Nimble CS Arrays.
The two devices are 1000 miles apart and have a mean latency of 90ms between them.

We are using VMWare as the hypervisor layer and Veeam as the backup solution. Veeam is also being used to replicate some key VMs across the two sites.
The RPO/RTO is very loose, with a days data loss and two days recovery of key services deemed acceptable by the business.
Obviously, I would like to be better than that.

As we have Nimble CS Arrays on both ends, it seems like we should be using the Storage Level replication to move the data we wish to protect, rather than using Veeam further up the stack.

There is a good, stable VPN tunnel between the two sites, but the tunnel needs to prioritise business application traffic during work hours.
After hours, there is little traffic across the tunnel so it can be used for replication.
The link speed is 12mbps, with a peak of 24mbps.

My questions is informational gathering.

Is it possible to use Storage Level replication across a 90ms latency WAN?
What are the advantages/disadvantages of using Storage Level replication instead of Veeam replication?
Does Storage level replication reduce the amount of traffic sent across the WAN as compared to Veeam replication?
Anything else I should know?
Dear Experts, we are using Veeam 9.5 to backup our VMs, but the speed of reading disk was very slow, about 20-30 MB/s. The main bottleneck is Source. This problem started happening when we changed to Veeam 9.5 and installed new vCenter appliance. It was fast before, about 100-200 MB/s but with Veeam 8.0 and vCenter Window platform.

The backup proxy is the default Server in Veeam, with settings are like attached picture. How can we increase the speed? Should we change any option?

Environment: VMware vSphere 6.5, 4 Hosts, 24 VMs, Veeam is also a VM, 16 GB RAM, 20 vCPU; 4 Hosts are connected directly to a SAN storage
I have a Veeam and during veeam Installation it installed SQL express 2012 Version. Now i have a database Limitation Problem 10gb.
I would like to upgrade SQL express 2012 to SQL 2012 Standard(has licence) without uninstalling express Version.

is it possible ?

Tank you so much for your help
While trying to copy log files from the C:\ProgramData\Veeam\EndpointData\ folder I always receive the message "You'll need administrator permission to copy this file" even though I am logged on with either any administrator account or with the domain administrator account (see the screenshot).

I continue to get this message even after I completely exit out of the Veeam program and continue to get this message even after I stop the Veeam services.

When I click on the Continue button the file still isn't copied. This happens within the Windows 10 operating system.

What methods or processes can be used so that I can copy these files? I need to be able to copy these files so that I can submit them for evaluation.

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An admin in my company created a new DB server in place of an old DB server which housed the Veeam DB. In checking the new SQL server, the DB for Veeam is nowhere to be found. I'm guessing he needs to migrate the DB from the old DB server to the new DB server. If he does that, is there anything in the Veeam app I must do to point to the new DB? Currently I am seeing this Veeam error because of the situation.

If I don't click "Power on VM after restoring when I fall back the replicas to the production environment, how can I  start the VM in the production later  ? Should I shut down the replicas  and start the VM manually ?

Will the job under Replicas job will still shown as "Active" in this case ? How should  i handle this job ?


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When create backup / replication job on File and Exchange sever, should I click "Enable applicaiton-aware processing"  on Veeam Backup & Replication 9.0 ?



I added a large 3TB VM to the Veeam backup job and ran it over the weekend. It started out processing fairly quickly but gradually got slower.  I looked at the esxi console and there was the question about the redo log file being corrupt.  CAlled Veeam support who suggested that to stop the job and manually consolidate the disks, but I cant do that - the option is grayed out.  

I havent clicked on the OK button to the above question as I fear the VM will boot.

Any advice?
Dear Experts, we are using Veeam B&R 8.0 to backup VMs to a NAS. But the storage's size was consumed very fast. Please see the attached pictures for the settings of restore points and VM retention in Veeam.

In the rest picture, you can see we have some .vib (incremental) and .vbk (full) backup files. Questions are:

1. If we setup the restore points to 15, why did not Veeam delete backup files before October 1st automatically? Is there any setting which we can config to achieve that?

2. Can we delete some backup files manually?

Many thanks in advance!
We have one particular Windows server (an AD sync server that relates to Office 365) that has been failing for days. Three other servers in the same backup group is fine, and can back up with no problem. I removed open snapshots on this particular server but still to no avail. Attached is a screenshot of the error I continue to get. Please advise on what I can do to resolve this issue. There is more than enough space on the C: and storage provided to the VM.








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